Electoral Behavior in Civil Wars: The Kurdish Conflict in Turkey

  title={Electoral Behavior in Civil Wars: The Kurdish Conflict in Turkey},
  author={Gunes Murat Tezcur},
  journal={Civil Wars},
  pages={70 - 88}
This study analyzes the effects of political violence on electoral behavior by focusing on one of the longest lasting ethnic conflicts in contemporary times, the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. How do armed conflict and electoral institutions shape turnout in a civil war context? Building on an original data-set at the sub-national level, the study reaches two major conclusions. First, it shows rural displacement caused by political violence led to lower levels of turnout and severely hampered… 

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From Violence to Voting: War and Political Participation in Uganda

  • C. Blattman
  • Political Science, Psychology
    American Political Science Review
  • 2009
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